YUMI-based Multiboot 2015 Lite-Speed (8GB) Instructions and Documentation 

Are you ready to try the best modern lightweight Linux distros and rescue tools? The 2015 Lite-Speed collection contains our top selections from well designed, feature-rich, lightweight and fast Linux distros and tools. Linux stars range from ultra-tiny TinyCore (15MB) and SliTaz (44MB) to the very popular Xubuntu (1GB). All distros can either be run "live" direct from USB or installed to your hard disk. A major new feature is that almost all distros now have USB "persistence" (see important persistence files and backup). 2.4GB of USB persistence files were pre-installed to save your settings, etc. once you logout from a USB "live" session.

This multiboot collection was produced using YUMI from PenDriveLinux.com. (If your PC has UEFI, change your UEFI firmware boot settings to Legacy.) This Windows and Linux utility program has for years enabled USB flash drives to easily boot into multiple Linux and utility software collections. To simplify the process (and save a lot of time), we only use YUMI to create the basic YUMI boot/menu structure (syslinux/grub) for multibooting. You will start YUMI, select the correct USB drive letter, click the FORMAT box, and select a "fake" dummy ISO file (empty.iso) needed to create that basic structure. After that, you are done with the YUMI program.

Next, we unarchive Lite-S1.exe and Lite-S2.exe adding all "real" content to your newly created USB YUMI Multiboot flash drive. Lite-S1.exe + Lite-S2.exe (to install from Linux, change .exe to .7z) contain all Linux distributions (distros) plus USB persistence files. When unarchived, the Lite-Speed collection fits on an 8GB USB flash drive.There will not be much room left. For creating larger persistence files or adding more Linux distros via YUMI, use a 16GB USB flash drive. Lite-Speed Linux distros are based on Ubuntu, Slackware and Puppy Linux and use KDE, XFCE, LXDE and Openbox desktop environments. Other USB multiboot collections.

For safety, before starting installation, we recommend that you eject and remove all other USB hard drives and USB flash drives.

You should have arrived at this web document from a selection on the click-START.cmd or click-START-WinXP menu.

[ For SanDisk USB drives, run SANDISKFIX (above right) first. ] Menu begin: run YUMI, select USB drive letter, click FORMAT box. Next, cursor down to bottom of distro list to Try Unlisted ISO (Grub), click BROWSE button and select "empty.iso". Next, click YUMI's CREATE button. You will not directly install any Linux distros via YUMI. So, you can exit YUMI and return to the click-START.cmd menu.

Next, we often recommend (option) that you change the USB flash drive's MBR type to UltraISO. This may help your USB flash drive to be bootable on a wider variety of PC's and notebooks. The (BootICE) usbMBR utility does not affect files on your USB drive.

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After SanDiskFIX (option), YUMI "empty.ISO" and usbMBR actions, run Lite-S1.exe + Lite-S2.exe to transfer Linux and software to USB.

Xubuntu 14.10 [ XFCE ] Utopic Unicorn performed like a star. It is beautiful and stylish and feels fresh. It is modern, relevant, utterly stable, and you can tweak it any which way you want. In my testing, the only problem that came up was the Samba printing thingie. Everything else was perfect. ... Its been designed with a lot of careful attention to little details and daily practicality. The mouse-flavored unicorn, or should we say, unimouse, is stable, beautiful, robust, and has all the ease of use and accessibility of Ubuntu. Plus it offers stellar performance. Xubuntu also retains the practical, well-proven desktop formula, with simple and clean menus, a fully usable and adjustable desktop workspace, panels, shortcuts, icons, and all the other elements you interact with. You are in complete control, and this gives you a peace of mind, even if you never intend to make any drastic changes. Even outside the XFCE realm, Xubuntu is a serious contender against rival operating systems and desktop environment, because it offers an unbeatable combination of speed, predictability and daily fun. - Dedoimedo, 2014 best XFCE distro

Zorin OS 9 Lite [ LXDE ] the latest evolutions of the Zorin OS Lite series of operating systems, designed specifically for Linux newcomers using old or low-powered hardware.... This is the best lightweight Linux experience I got in last 12 months or so of all the Linux distros I tried. Zorin OS 9 Lite definitely performs awesome on the limited spec machines and multi-tasking was not an issue. In fact, Zorin OS 9 got the highest score among all XFCE/LXDE I evaluated in 2013-14. I safely recommend Zorin OS 9 Lite for all users looking for an attractive, highly functional and lightweight operating system. It is highly recommended for Linux novices who are apprehensive of trying out LXDE desktop environment. - Linuxed review

Peppermint Five [ LXDE ] Peppermint OS is a Lubuntu based distro offering lightening fast speed, superb cloud and web-based applications and is easy on system resources. I really like Peppermint for it's combination of simple aesthetics and efficiency. It leaves Lubuntu 14.04 miles behind in terms of functionality.... I fully recommend Peppermint 5 as one of the best LXDE distros I have used. It is suitable for both online and offline use - Linuxed review

LxPup Tahr 15.03.1 [ LXDE ] is my favorite Puppy Linux distro. It is based on Slackware. LxPup and LxPup Tahr look identical but the Tahr version adds some Ubuntu 14.04 compatibility. LxPup Tahr also adds the "Quick Pet" program as an option for adding new software. IMO, this gives Tahr a decisive edge over the basic LxPup. At 244MB, speedy LxPup Tahr is ridiculously small compared to how much functionality it brings. Despite the small size, LxPup includes a first rate web browser and not some barebones and crash-prone hobby browser like Midori and dozens of others. LxPup's Pale Moon web browser is the best Firefox-compatible alternative available. LxPup has also installed the official VLC web plugin (beware of other 3rd party VLC plugins) allowing you to listen to and watch non-HTML5 media formats directly in the web browser (flac, mkv, avi, wmv, divx, mpg and more). - Gooplusplus

Simplicity 15.1 Netbook [ LXDE ] is based on Puppy Linux's LxPup with the benefits of the small and speedy Puppy parent with a different "look and feel". Simplicity Netbook features a MAC OS/X style lower dock plus the Chromium web browser and more software. While the larger Simplicity Desktop version includes even more software than this netbook version, I had a few problems with the desktop version which did not occur in Simplicity Netbook. - Gooplusplus

Porteus 3.1 [ KDE version ] Porteus is not for everyone. It is designed for USB use and installing to hard disk is more geeky and non-standard than most distros. Despite that, Porteus has become my "reboot to hard disk for quick editing / copying / moving" distro of choice because it boots up so fast from hard disk. Like Puppy Linux, Porteus software updates will install new "files" that are independent of the main distro. This allows the use of much smaller USB persistence files. Unfortunately, the Porteus software update and addition process seems more confusing than most. So, I mostly just use the good selection of basic software included in the KDE version. Having tried other versions of Porteus, I would only recommend the more robust yet still fast and lightweight KDE version. One nice feature that is lacking in most Linux distros is the ability to resize your USB persistence file while running Porteus. - Gooplusplus

Precise PupRescue 2.5 [ JWM ] is a Puppy Linux utility distro (no USB persistence) with some compatibility with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. PupRescue is a modern Linux distro with over 40 utility and rescue programs - faster and less than half of the size of other rescue distros. If you are overwhelmed with rescue and utility software found in our Hiren's Boot CD Lite, you may prefer a more familiar Linux distro like Precise PupRescue. - Gooplusplus

OpenElec XBMC 3.2.4 is the last version (December 2013) of OpenElec XBMC / Kodi Media Center software which supported USB persistence files. Newer versions require more complicated and separate disk partitioning for any USB persistence use. - Gooplusplus

SliTaz 5.0-RC2 Rolling [ OpenBox ] This 44MB distro is amazing for its size but to maintain that tiny footprint, SliTaz omits any default wi-fi drivers (you must add them manually). SliTaz includes the ultra lightweight Midori web browser (an excellent choice for tiny distros but not for larger ones). Unlike other Linux distros, you are not limited to a single (crashable) USB persistence file. Instead, SliTaz provides an optional home=usb startup parameter that creates two small files and a user directory /tux in the main root directory of your USB flash drive. No startup / shutdown persistence file data copying is required - a faster, more flexible approach to USB persistence. We selected this super lightweight distro for viewing our Lite-Speed offline documentation via Midori. - Gooplusplus

TinyCore 6.1 [ CLI ] At a meager 15MB, the "core" version of TinyCore apparently lacks a GUI interface (or maybe it just did not work for me). Intended for Linux command line gurus, it is great for quick USB or hard disk file editing, moving, copying and rescue use. I used it a lot developing and tinkering with this multiboot set. Access is as simple as mount /mnt/sdb1 ; cd /mnt/sdb1 and then just use basic Linux commands like vi, nano, ls, rm, mv, and cp to get things done. Tinycore is powerful for those who know Linux CLI but can be dangerous for those who don't. - Gooplusplus

Hiren's Boot CD Lite is our custom rescue and utility distro. It contains a compressed micro version of WinXP plus many dozens of utility programs for Windows, DOS and Linux. We also added extra software and many unix commands. Even so, overall size was reduced to one third of the original Hiren's Boot CD by removing outdated and redundant antivirus and partition software and carefully selecting and removing utility programs that were less effective or problem prone.

Partition Wizard MiniTool 9.0 is based on TinyCore Linux. This cross-platform partitioning software includes partition recovery and other tools beyond what you find with the Gparted partitioning program available in many Linux distros.

FreeDOS is still a useful operating system for system rescue and running old MS-DOS programs and games. I added FreeDOS Shell plus old but still useful DOS utility programs written long ago by others and myself. Also included are two assembly language compilers, an NTFS enabler, and DOSLFN, a utility that allows DOSLFN-enabled programs to use modern long file names instead of the normal very limited 8+3 DOS file names. However, only the Dillo-for-DOS web browser is DOSLFN-enabled in this collection. For laughs, two other graphical DOS web browsers are included. (All DOS web browsers are slow and clunky.) If you look around in the dusty DOS directories, you may find some hidden gems you can use.

"FreeDOS has been used for everything from running old DOS programs and games to running embedded systems such as cash registers or display units, and being used to install firmware updates on PC hardware. Many people might find it surprising that more than a decade and a half after Microsoft killed MS-DOS, FreeDOS continues to be actively developed." - Computerworld Australia

Super Grub Disk 2 - a program that helps you boot into your Windows or Linux OS if your hard disk MBR (master boot record) or GRUB has been damaged.

AVG Rescue CD [updated virus definitions] AVG Rescue CD is what AVG Anti-Virus distributed through Linux calls its toolkit. A network administrator can use it to run a system recovery for Windows XP and newer Windows operating systems, as well as Linux operating systems. The CD also works for Windows 2003 servers through Windows 2008 Server. You can use AVG Rescue CD to repair damaged machines after a viral attack and to allow the system to restart using a USB stick or CD. This CD is intended for computers that most people would consider dead, meaning that the computer won't boot up or function at all. The AVG toolkit includes a two-panel file manager, a registry editor, along with servers, IP and domain tests and a new copy of basic Linux software. - Top 10 Reviews

Android X86 5.0.2 (Exton) I was hesistant to add this flawed software to this multiboot collection. This Android distro is intended for hard disk installation. I never tried that. I did try running directly from USB. The good news was that this version of Android recognized my very common Intel wi-fi with no problem. That did not happen when I tried a different version of Android X86. The other good news is that this Android is fast and stable. The basics work great. However, there are major flaws. First, I am usually able to hack my way to finding a way to add USB persistence to most Linux distros. That was not possible with this Android distro and the developer was no help. So, this Android86 works only as a non-save demo when running from USB.

The second major flaw is that it is deliberately crippled. The developer disabled Google Play. The Gmail app, Google Plus, Drive and Docs apps will not work. You can access Gmail, Google Drive, etc. using the Google Chrome app but Chrome is also partially crippled and crashes if you try to access browser settings.

Instead of Google Play, this distro uses Aptoide. It is a poor substitute for Google Play and frankly, I don't trust much of the software there. I did, however, install the UC Browser through Aptoide. I will point out that even successfully downloading apps from Aptoide does not guarantee that they can be installed. To get around the limitations of Aptoide, I used Chrome's Google Drive sidebar link to directly download Android APK files that I had previously copied to the cloud. Many APKs installed fine but others like Google Drive, Google Docs and Gmail apps were still blocked. If you plan to install this crippled Android X86 to your hard drive, I recommend that you avoid Aptoide and use Google Chrome to download your own APK files from your Google Drive account. - Gooplusplus

USB write speeds and boot problems

(1)  For alternative Install from Linux without the Windows click-START.cmd script:

      •   Download Debian or Ubuntu version of YUMI.
      •   Run YUMI to format and create YUMI USB boot menu structure by installing the included fake "empty.iso"
      •   Rename Lite-S1.exe to Lite-S1.7z Lite-S2.exe to Lite-S2.7z. Then extract distros and files to your USB drive.

(2)  Add and remove new Linux and utility distros with the YUMI program. DO NOT format your USB flash drive a second time (removes all of your USB Linux setup). Download and use the latest YUMI version to install newer Linux distros and utility software.

(3)  Especially when loading and saving "live" session persistence files, a USB 3.0 flash drive in a USB 3.0 PC port will be much faster than USB 2.0 for "live" or demo use. Be aware that USB flash memory has a maximum number of writes so constant "live" use will eventually cause it to fail (remember to do backups). However, this may take a very long time. So far, we have not had this experience.

(4)  On older PCs, some USB flash drives will boot from USB better than others. For example, we had good luck with Kingston (Toshiba) USB flash drives but we have had problems with older SanDisk and newer Patriot USB flash drives. Your PC may be the opposite. If one USB flash drive will not boot on an older PC, trying a different type may work. Also see link (above right) for tips about USB boot problems.

(5)  Once you have installed your YUMI distros, you can reboot your PC. On most PCs, you can keep pressing the F12 key until you get a boot menu. Select your USB drive and then your custom YUMI menu should start up quickly.

(6)  Why use YUMI instead of other Linux-based multiboot software? YUMI is well known and it works fairly predictably. We have briefly tried a few other multiboot systems but they seemed more difficult and less predictable. We also considered that there are many more Windows users than Linux users. To encourage Windows users to try Linux, we especialy tried to make this easier for them.

Send comments, suggestions, or questions to: usb.lite.speed@gmail.com -- Bob Carroll, Las Vegas